Majestic Scotland - 7 day tour
7 day/6 night
Discover Scotland’s history and scenic beauty on this fantastic tour. Enjoy the convenience of a two-night stay in both Glasgow and Edinburgh with included sightseeing tours of both cities. Tour into the highlands to experience impressive views of soaring mountains, sparkling lochs and untamed valleys including Ben Nevis, Loch Ness and Glen Coe. The famous golfing town of St Andrews and the inspirational Isle of Skye are amongst the other features of this comprehensive and affordable tour.
Price range: £825-£1,415
Glasgow - discover the magnificent architecture and sprawling parklands of Scotland’s biggest city.
Loch Lomond - enjoy a scenic drive along the “bonnie, bonnie banks”.
Isle of Skye - experience the majestic scenery of the Sleat Peninsula, known as the “Garden of Skye”.
St Andrews - visit the home of golf to see the famous Old Course, castle and historic university.
Edinburgh - explore Scotland’s capital city with a panoramic tour and free time to do your own thing!
Movie locations - Chariots of Fire, World War Z and Outlaw King
Hotel accommodation included
Full Tour Itinerary
Day 1 - Arrival in Glasgow
Welcome to Glasgow, Scotland’s largest and most vibrant city. After making yourself at home in your city centre hotel, it’s time to hit the streets for some exploration. Glasgow is a former European City of Culture, and you’ll find lots of evidence for this accolade. Look out for the art-nouveau architecture of Charles Rennie Mackintosh or the grand Victorian buildings of red and blonde sandstone complete with intricate carvings. For something a bit different why not join the City Centre Mural Trail, a colourful collection of 24 pieces of public art that can be seen throughout the city centre.
After a busy day of exploration join your Tour Director and fellow travellers to discover what this wonderful tour has in store. Later enjoy a free evening to dine independently in one of Glasgow’s many atmospheric eateries.
Overnight: Ibis City Centre, Glasgow (or similar) (2 nights)
Day 2 - Glasgow Sightseeing
After breakfast, it’s time to discover Glasgow. Our orientation tour will commence with the city centre with its impressive Victorian architecture. We’ll visit George Square to see the magnificent City Chambers (Town Hall) and the famous statues that include Queen Victoria, Robert Burns and Sir Walter Scott. Later hear the story of the wealthy merchants and their legacy as we travel through the historic Merchant City area and make our way to the Cathedral Quarter where we’ll see Glasgow Cathedral and the oldest house in the city, Provand’s Lordship.
Discover why Glasgow is affectionately known as “The Dear Green Place” as we tour through Glasgow Green then take a drive along the banks of the River Clyde to hear the story of the city’s shipbuilding heritage. The tour ends in the bustling West End where we’ll see Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow University and the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.
Day 3 - Glasgow - Glen Coe - Scottish Highlands
We leave Glasgow behind and head into the scenic beauty of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. Enjoy a tour along the “bonnie, bonnie banks” and, if you wish, take to the water for an optional cruise on Loch Lomond to see Rob Roy’s cave.
Back on board the coach, enjoy a drive over sprawling Rannoch Moor then stop to admire the stunning panorama of Glen Coe, the weeping glen. Listen as your guide tells the tragic tale of the infamous massacre that took place here in 1692.
After a drive through Fort William stop at the Commando Memorial to admire the view of Ben Nevis, Britain’s tallest mountain. Next, travel through Glen Spean to reach our hotel in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park
Overnight: Carrbridge Hotel, Carrbridge (or similar)(2 nights)
Day 4 - Isle of Skye Excursion
We have a feature-packed excursion today. First, we stop at evocative Culloden Moor where we’ll see the site of the last battle ever fought on British soil. It was here that British forces routed Bonnie Prince Charlie's Jacobite army.
Later take a drive along the banks of mysterious Loch Ness, keep a close watch in case “Nessie” makes an appearance! We head westwards through the highland glens to see iconic Eilean Donan Castle sitting on its little island at the confluence of three lochs. Learn it’s colourful history before we head “Over the sea to Skye” using the modern road bridge.
We have a scenic drive through the attractive Sleat Peninsula, known as the garden of Skye before catching a ferry back to the mainland. We’ll tour along the famous “road to the isles” passing the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct that has starred in the Harry Potter movies. We’ll return to our hotel for dinner.
Day 5 - Scottish Highlands - St. Andrews – Edinburgh
We start today with a drive through the towering Grampian Mountains to reach the attractive Victorian resort of Pitlochry. Enjoy free time here so you can visit the River Tummel to see the salmon leap. Alternatively join the optional excursion to visit stately Blair Castle, the historic home of the Duke of Atholl. The Duke is the only man allowed his own standing army, The Atholl Highlanders.
Our last stop of the day is in the historic town of St Andrews, known worldwide as the home of golf. There’s time to explore this fascinating town and maybe pick up a souvenir of your travels. Our journey continues with a drive over the Firth of Forth where we’ll get fabulous views of the mighty Forth Bridge.
Tonight is at leisure, but if your tour coincides with the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo tickets are included to a memorable performance.
Overnight: Hampton by Hilton Airport (or similar) (2 nights)
Day 6 - Edinburgh Sightseeing and Free Time
Today we are joined by a local specialist for a guided tour of Edinburgh. Start by exploring the Georgian New Town with its wide streets, formal gardens and grand squares. Move into the historic Grassmarket to learn its colourful history before viewing mighty Edinburgh Castle which has guarded the city for centuries. Tour along the famous Royal Mile, the thoroughfare of the medieval Old Town, to see the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the modern Scottish Parliament building.
This afternoon is free for you to explore Edinburgh on your own. Alternatively, you can join an optional excursion to the lively port of Leith to visit the Royal Yacht Britannia or an in-depth tour of Edinburgh Castle.
Day 7 - Depart Edinburgh
Our tour ends after breakfast. There are transfers available to Edinburgh Airport (terms and conditions apply).
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect on this Escorted Tour?
If you enjoy the art of first-class travel whilst enjoying amazing value then an Escorted Tour is just for you. All these tours are carefully researched and combine quality hotels, luxury travel, informative visits and leisure time. You’ll find our Escorted Tours to be memorable - for all the right reasons! You will travel aboard a state of the art motorcoach with air-conditioning, reclining seats, oversized windows and emergency washroom. Many coaches are equipped with WiFi too. An experienced tour manager will lead the tour and your coach will be expertly driven by a professional driver. In certain locations you’ll be joined by a local guide who will provide local insight and show you the highlights. These tours are inclusive of superior tourist class accommodation, transportation, selected admission fees and many meals. You’ll have the chance to personalise your touring experience by participating in some carefully planned optional excursions. These are at additional expense and details will be provided with your tour documentation.
What kind of accommodation do you use?
The group will stay together in first class or superior tourist class hotels. Each has been carefully selected for comfort, quality and ambiance located in the best locations close to the shopping areas and the key sights. You will discover a pleasant balance of familiar brand hotels such as Hilton, Marriott and Accor together with locally owned family-run hotels. In rural locations your accommodation will be in the best available hotels. A full hotel list will be provided as part of your EDocumentation.
What type of room should I choose?
Selecting the right sleeping arrangements can be a little bit confusing so here is a description of what you can expect from the hotel accommodation offered as part of your tour: Single room - this is a room for one person sleeping in a single bed. Twin room - this is a room for two people sleeping in two separate beds. Double room - this is a room for two people sharing one large bed. Family room - this is a room for three people sleeping in one large bed (2 people) and one single bed (1 person). Please note that a family room is normally a standard double or twin room with either a sofa bed or a rollaway bed. All room types other than twin rooms are subject to availability.
What should I wear?
Wear layers as the temperature on the loch can vary. We recommend bringing a rain jacket, just in case!
Who travels on an escorted tour?
These tours are immensely popular so expect to be travelling in the company of like-minded travellers from around the world. It’s a great way to make new friends! Age-wise it’s really difficult for us to give an accurate figure for any given tour departure, but experience has taught us to expect the median age to be between 45 and 50.
- 7 nights hotel accommodation
- Location: Glasgow (2); Carrbridge, Cairngorms National Park (2) and Edinburgh (2)
- Cooked/Continental breakfast (6)
- Table d’hôte dinners (2)
Visits, Admissions and Experiences
- City tour of Edinburgh
- Orientation tour of Glasgow
- Tickets are included for the World-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on 8 to 22 August, 2020 departures
- Touring by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats, onboard washroom and Wifi
- All baggage handling and hotel tips are included
- Services throughout the tour of a professional Tour Director
- Service charges and taxes
Please check your tour documentation for the commencement time of the tour
From Hotel ibis Glasgow City Centre - Sauchiehall Street
220 W Regent Street
The tour will end in Edinburgh after breakfast on day 7
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Child discount applies to children aged 5 to 17 years inclusive on the basis that they share a room with an adult.
We’re sorry but children aged under 5 years cannot travel on this tour.
Photo-ID may be requested to confirm discount entitlement.
The price of this tour includes hotel accommodation with en-suite bathroom.
Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
Selected departures include a visit to this famous celebration of music, dancing and culture performed against the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.
Please see the FAQ section for more information on this tour.